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Since 2002, CNU's annual Charter Awards have recognized outstanding achievements in architectural, landscape, and urban design and planning worldwide. Regarded as the preeminent award for excellence in urban design, the CNU Charter Awards honors a select number of winners—including student winners. Winning projects represent major contributions to building more equitable, sustainable, connected, healthy, and prosperous communities.
CNU convenes a Charter Awards jury of distinguished designers, architects, planners and scholars who review entries and select winners. Applicants are judged on the extent to which they fulfill and advance the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, which defines the essential qualities of outstanding buildings and urban places. Charter Awards recognize projects at three scales:
- The Region: Metropolis, City, and Town
- Neighborhood, District, and Corridor
- Block, Street, and Building
This year’s jury has a particular interest in equitable and inclusive placemaking. Principles of inclusiveness are infused at all scales throughout the Charter, as the following select quotes illustrate:
... neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population...
... We are committed to reestablishing the relationship between the art of building and the making of community, through citizen-based participatory planning and design....
... Cities and towns should bring into proximity a broad spectrum of public and private uses to support a regional economy that benefits people of all incomes. Affordable housing should be distributed throughout the region to match job opportunities and to avoid concentrations of poverty....
... Many activities of daily living should occur within walking distance, allowing independence to those who do not drive, especially the elderly and the young....
... Within neighborhoods, a broad range of housing types and price levels can bring people of diverse ages, races, and incomes into daily interaction, strengthening the personal and civic bonds essential to an authentic community....
... A primary task of all urban architecture and landscape design is the physical definition of streets and public spaces as places of shared use....
NOTE: Projects that do not explicitly address equity, diversity, or inclusion are still eligible to apply.
Submissions for the 2018 Charter Awards were open from November 6, 2017 until January 8, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Schamess at firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications Now Closed for 2018